Industry, Police Join to Improve Sacramento Alarm Ordinance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Joint efforts by the California Alarm Association (CAA) and the police department here have resulted in improving the city’s alarm ordinance, the Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC) announces.

Police administrators recently brought a revised ordinance before the Sacramento City Council, which adopted the new language, after working with CAA to incorporate industry best practices.

“Through the effective use of proven prevention strategies such as monitored alarm systems and continued partnership with the security industry, the Sacramento Police Department believes we can protect our community and your customers, and still preserve police response times to priority calls for service,” Captain James Maccoun, wrote in a letter addressed to the CAA.

The ordinance included implementation of enhanced call verification (ECV) and an annual permit fee for alarm systems. It further required full alarm verification after three confirmed false burglar alarms or if fees were not paid within 120 days of notification.

Additional costs of implementing the ordinance will be offset by revenue from the revised fee and alarm schedule.

In a letter to CAA, police thanked Ben Martinez, president of the Sacramento Area Alarm Association; Rich Whitlock, Northern CAA Vice President; and Jon Sargent, SIAC liaison for Tyco Integrated Security and former CAA president. Both Sargent and Whitlock appeared before the City Council in support of the ordinance.

“We have seen a growing trend throughout the United States of public safety agencies and the alarm industry working together to implement proven best practices in their communities,” says Stan Martin, SIAC Executive Director. “Elected officials are often faced with controversy and they appreciate when the industry and public safety officials work together to come up with the best proposal.”

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